The news first came that the Platinum certification was imminent when the film's director, James Gunn, posted to his Facebook page two days ago that he had been notified of a million units shipped. It is only the fourth album released in 2014 to achieve the benchmark, and the first soundtrack.
The album was #1 on the Billboard 200 in its second and third weeks of release, for the weeks ending August 10 and August 17. It was also the first soundtrack ever to reach the #1 position without an original song. The album also peaked at #1 on iTunes in 60 territories.
Considered for the platinum record were sales of the vinyl LP, CD, Record Store Day cassette tape and digital downloads. Only "permanent" downloads are accepted.